|Publication number||US7552744 B2|
|Application number||US 10/549,834|
|Publication date||Jun 30, 2009|
|Filing date||Feb 3, 2004|
|Priority date||Mar 19, 2003|
|Also published as||CA2518941A1, CA2518941C, DE502004006573D1, EP1604138A1, EP1604138B1, US20060260694, WO2004083700A1|
|Publication number||10549834, 549834, PCT/2004/946, PCT/EP/2004/000946, PCT/EP/2004/00946, PCT/EP/4/000946, PCT/EP/4/00946, PCT/EP2004/000946, PCT/EP2004/00946, PCT/EP2004000946, PCT/EP200400946, PCT/EP4/000946, PCT/EP4/00946, PCT/EP4000946, PCT/EP400946, US 7552744 B2, US 7552744B2, US-B2-7552744, US7552744 B2, US7552744B2|
|Inventors||Rainer Brill, Klaus Schlepp, Michael Weber, Georg Wittenzellner|
|Original Assignee||Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen Gmbh|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (29), Referenced by (5), Classifications (15), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is the US national phase of PCT application PCT/EP2004/000946, filed 3 Feb. 2004, published 30 Sep. 2004 as WO 2004/083700, and claiming the priority of German patent application 10312177.3 filed 19 Mar. 2003 and German patent application 20318265.0 filed 26 Nov. 2003 whose entire disclosures are herewith incorporated by reference.
The invention relates to a pressure-relief valve for oil-filled transformers and tap changers. When, as a result of some sort of failure or disturbance, pressure in a casing of a transformer or in a tap changer exceeds a predetermined limit, the normally closed pressure-relief valve opens and relieves pressure in the transformer or tap changer into the surrounding atmosphere.
Such a pressure-relief valve that is mounted in a port on the top of a transformer casing is known from U.S. Pat. No. 3,914,528. It has a circular housing flange that is screwed to the port of the transformer casing. On the lower face of the housing flange turned toward the top of the transformer casing there is an annular seal creating an oil-tight seal. The port of the housing flange is normally closed by a spring-loaded valve body described further below. A round downwardly open cup-shaped housing cover is secured on the housing flange by bolts and screws. The upper nearly horizontal face of the housing cover has an inner concentric step. Between the housing cover and the above-described valve body there are one or more prestressed compression springs that are braced upwardly against the inner face of the housing cover and downwardly against the top face of the valve body so as to push same down against the housing flange such that its port is closed oil-tight. To this end the upper side of the housing flange turned toward the valve body has an annular seal ring. If the pressure inside the transformer casing exceeds the response pressure of the springs, the valve body lifts and allows pressure equalization; subsequently it is pushed by the springs again back down on the annular seal on the upper side of the housing flange. In addition it is possible with this known pressure-relief valve to provide on the upper face, outside the housing cover, optical indicators that can be seen from afar to indicate if the pressure-relief valve has opened. Finally there are outside the housing cover also electrical monitor contacts or switches that serve for remote monitoring or indication as well as to turn off the transformer.
A further highly similar pressure-relief valve is known from U.S. Pat. No. 4,843,187. It has a particular cross section and special mounting means for the above-described peripheral seal ring between the upper face of the housing flange and the lower face of the valve body.
Another pressure-relief valve is known from U.S. Pat. No. 4,676,266. Here the valve cover is formed as a cup whose downwardly open side walls fit with another seal that is set in the annular face of the housing flange. This additional seal has a flat cross-sectional shape; when closed it is bent to the side—like a windshield-wiper blade—and seals the valve body at its side walls additionally against the housing flange. In case of a problem, when the valve plate rises up because of an overpressure in the transformer casing, this pressure is effective against the entire face of the valve body; the force effective on the body thus is greater and the valve snaps open very fast, inside a few milliseconds.
All these pressure-relief valves have several disadvantages. The main one is that if there is a problem with excessive pressure in the transformer casing, when the valve body is open, the highly pressurized medium is not under control and can squirt out of the pressure-relief valve. This medium, which squirts out abruptly and without warning, is extremely hot so that it poses a substantial risk of burns for nearby personnel, not to mention fouling the surroundings. A further disadvantage with the known pressure relief valves is that the switch contacts are provided without protection outside the actual device, with no shielding and not protected from UV-rays, ozone, rain, and the like. In addition they and their cables are exposed to the hot oil released when the valve opens.
A shield for pressure-relief valves is known from WO 1998/054498 (U.S. Pat. No. 5,987,893) that is fitted over the valves and that has a relief port that ensures that any released oil is guided away when the valve opens. Even this solution has technical problems. To start with it is a pure retrofit. The shield is mounted on the pressure-relief valve by means of the existing bolts and screws that secure the housing cover on the housing flange with the highly prestressed springs between them. To install the known shield, these nuts must be loosened, thereby releasing the spring-loaded housing cover. This runs the risk that the springs will pop up the housing cover and injure the installer. In another variant the known shield is secured by an additional flange adapter with the transformer casing. This is an expensive variant that not only requires extra parts, but that also creates seal problems which are dealt with by the provision of further seals that further complicate the assembly.
It is an object of the invention to provide a pressure-relief valve of the above-described type that does not have the described disadvantages, that is in particular of compact construction and that, when open, conducts away the hot oil such that it protects adjacent structure and the surroundings from being fouled.
With the pressure-relief valve according to the invention a standard cover is an integral part of the assembly. That is, instead of a separate cover, there is a laterally fully closed, cup-shaped, upwardly closed housing. This housing is not mounted like a separate cover according to the prior art in a complicated manner on the actual pressure-relief valve. It is in particular not necessary to loosen the spring plate that is according to the invention underneath the housing. In this manner there is no possibility of accident; at the same time the possibility of forgetting to properly tighten the spring-cover plate is avoided in that the spring plate is installed at the factory; its retaining screws do not need ever to be loosened later. With the system of this invention there is thus no adapter that is necessary as in the prior-art systems; thus there are no additional seal problems. In general, the pressure-relief valve according to the invention is a compact closed device with everything held in one housing that can be easily directly mounted on the transformer casing.
Vent openings are formed on a cup-shaped side wall of the housing that allow there to be a controlled venting in case of accident. These vent openings can be dimensioned variously; according to a particular flow cross section one can avoid unwanted flow restriction while at the same time the oil flow can be controlled and its flow can be broken up. The provision of a plurality of small rather than a single large vent opening ensures in the simplest manner possible that a finger or foreign body cannot get inside the assembly. It is also possible to provide horizontal vent slots with each having an overhead shield hood. By providing the vent holes in the generally vertical side wall one gets good rain or drip protection. The cup-shaped housing also protects any eventually used switch contacts. By the provision of cable feedthroughs on a feedthrough plate according to a further preferred embodiment of the invention the cables can be protected against high strains; these additional cable feedthroughs withstand most of the tension in the cables and thus relieve the connections to the electrical terminals almost completely. In addition the described cables are protected from the hot oil in that the pressure-relief valve according to the invention has a defined oil outflow region that is partitioned off from that of the cable feedthroughs. This prevents the hot oil from directly contacting and damaging the cables.
The invention is described in the following by way of example with reference to the drawings. Therein:
With reference at first to
The switch 24 can be mounted preferably by threaded stud assemblies 42, 43 projecting upward from the spring plate 11. This makes it simple to install one or several switches 24 from above without having to remove other parts outside the housing 18. Preferably enough stud subassemblies 42, 43 are provided in particular locations that the maximum number of switches 24 can be installed. If only or a few or no switches are needed, the unused studs remain free. It would also be possible as known in the prior art to mount the switch from above by screws threaded directly into the spring plate 11. The disadvantage of this is that the spring plate 11 is relatively thin so that the screwthreads could tear out; this disadvantage is avoided according to the proposed mounting by means of inset threaded stud assemblies 42, 43.
Whereas in the above-described embodiments, mounting is effected by horizontal bolting here pusher pins 44 fitting in bores 45 of the housing flange 1 are provided, with their outer ends spring biased outward through corresponding holes in the cup-shaped side wall 27 of the housing 18. This spring loading of the pins 44 is the job of respective springs 46 braced between inner ends of the pins 44 and floors of the bores 45. Each pin 44 is provided with a radially outwardly projecting stop shoulder 47 on its cylindrical outer surface that is engaged against a stop sleeve 48 screwed into the housing flange 1. The outer end of each pin 44 is spherically rounded to facilitate sliding of the side wall 27 of the housing 18 into place. The rounded ends of the pins 44 engage outward in assembled condition through the corresponding openings; for disassembly they are pushed inward against the force of their springs 46 and the housing 18 is lifted off. This embodiment makes it possible to install and remove the housing 18 without the use of tools, while still securing this housing 18 directly to the flange 1.
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|U.S. Classification||137/516.27, 137/529, 137/554, 137/382|
|International Classification||F16K35/10, F16K37/00, F16K15/06, F16K17/04|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10T137/8242, Y10T137/7905, Y10T137/7062, Y10T137/8275, Y10T137/7867, F16K17/04|
|Jun 20, 2006||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: MASCHINENFABRIK REINHAUSEN GMBH, GERMANY
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